By Debbie Deegan
We have been deeply honoured in To Russia With Love with the wonderful gift of a Russian Icon. It was presented to us in the Russian Embassy in Dublin this week by Ambassador Peshkov. Damien Clancy, and other board members were present for the presentation.
It was gifted to us by the Iconographer, Leonid Kurzenkov, after he heard about our work with the orphaned and abandoned children in many regions of Russia. He was deeply moved by the fact that Irish people have been working with the Russian Administration for the past fifteen years, and changing the lives of thousands of Russian children. Leonid Kurzenkov is a well know painter in Russia, he is a deeply religious and caring man. Leonid invited me to his artist’s studio in Moscow to see the Icon as it was being painted, this was a fantastic and rare opportunity.
The Old New Year is an informal traditional holiday celebrated as the start of a new year by the Georgian calendar failing on January 14. In Russia it softly concludes the Christmas holiday season.
We are delighted to announce that the IRBA will be hosting a lunch to celebrate the Old New Year at 12.30pm on Friday, 11th January 2013 in award-winning Irish celebrity chef Dylan McGrath’s new restaurant Fade Street Social in Dublin 2.
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Debbie Deegan, founder of orphaned children charity “To Russia with Love”, published her stories – how her determination led to overcome obstacles, ranging from the scepticism of ‘Celtic Tiger’-era Ireland to the intricacies of soviet-style bureaucracy, and the threat of violence from international criminals, to fulfil a promise and to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
This book will make you laugh, make you cry but above all, help you realise the importance of the work that the team at To Russia with Love carry out every day.
To Russia with Love has helped over 5,000 abandoned and orphaned children in the Bryansk region of Western Russia and across the Russian Federation through education and development programmes. All of the young people leaving the orphanage since 2007 accessed further education and are living in accommodation supported by To Russia With Love.
The book is published in paperback at €12.99. All proceeds to To Russia with Love.
We are delighted to announce that the IRBA will be hosting a Christmas Lunch at 12.30pm on Wednesday the 7th of December in Fire Restaurant at the Mansion House in Dublin 2.
Date: Wednesday, the 7th of December 2011
Time: 12.30pm (until 2.30pm)
Venue: Fire Restaurant, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 http://g.co/maps/vfp3d
Overview: The Irish Russian Business Association is proud to support the fantastic work of To Russia With Love www.torussiawithlove.ie. Since the charity was founded in 1998 by Clontarf housewife Debbie Deegan thousands of Russian orphans have been given the chance to have normal childhoods, living and learning in bright, warm, modern, clean surroundings. Children who had never known the meaning of love are growing up cared for by the To Russia With Love extended family. Your contribution goes a long way in making it possible to give these children the life and love that every child is entitled to.